Who: An LA five-piece with close ties to Ty Segall (he released Wand’s first LP, 2014’s Ganglion Reef, on his Drag City sub-imprint, God? Records), Mikal Cronin, the Meatbodies and Together Pangea. Frontman Cory Hanson—along with drummer Evan Burrows—might be familiar to Las Vegans; they served in Segall’s backing band, The Muggers, last year, on a tour that stopped at the Bunkhouse for a memorable, moshpit-inspiring, Neon Reverb-capping performance. Since forming in 2013, Wand has released four full-length albums, along with a smattering of split singles and compilation tracks—all of which demand to be heard from a small stage in an intimate room.
Spin: Start with second record Golem (2015), which lays out Hanson’s songwriting strengths: frenetic garage-rock and mind-bending psychedelic pop—often swirled up within the very same track. Highlights from that disc include trippy head-banger “Self Hypnosis in 3 Days,” pummeling punk workout “Floating Head,” atmospheric, downtempo track “Melted Rope” and “Planet Golem,” which sounds a bit like Black Sabbath playing in your neighbor’s basement.
Now: Wand kicks off a 24-date North American tour September 23 in its hometown, one day after releasing album No. 4, Plum. The record marks something of a departure—Hanson invited his bandmates to contribute songs this time, which might explain why Plum leans less toward Ty Segall and more to the poppier side of Tim Presley’s White Fence. “It’s definitely the most diverse of the Wand records, and it’s the most exciting for me,” Hanson recently told Stereogum. “It’s a little scary, too … a lot of fans are concerned with us retaining some heavy qualities. But we’re just in a different state. … I think it’s musically more challenging and interesting.”
Wand with Darto, The Acid Sisters. September 25, 9 p.m., $10. Bunkhouse Saloon, 702-982-1764.